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Planned burns this week

SAN DIEGO — The Barlow and Hood River Ranger Districts of the Mt Hood National Forest will be conducting three prescribed burns on a total of approximately 508 acres this week to remove hazardous fuels.

Through these planned burns, fire managers hope to minimize the risk from larger fires that could bring risk to property and human life. The burning will start as weather and fuel conditions permit.

Residents living on the east side of Mt. Hood can expect to see smoke in the air for a few days. Drivers might experience road delays on Forest Service Road 44 near Camp Baldwin.

The first burn, Willow 81 and 82, will be in the North Fork Mill Creek Planning Area, and cover 33 acres. The purpose is to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to The Dalles Watershed as identified in the The Dalles Watershed Fuels Break Environmental Assessment. The legal location is T1S, R11E, Section 8.

The second burn, Star 2, is in the Billy Bob Planning Area, and will include 185 acres. The purpose is to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private lands within the forest boundary. The legal location is T2S, R11E, Sections 16 and 17.

The last prescribed burning area will be located within the East Fivemile planning area. This burn will include 290 acres and, like the other two fires, is being implemented in an attempt to reduce hazardous fuels. The legal location is T2S, R11E, Sec. 25

The 44, 4450, 4421, 4440, 4440-160, and 1720-193 roads will have personnel on the ground and will possibly be impacted by smoke. For smoke and fire updates, you can follow the Mt. Hood National Forest on Twitter, @MtHoodNF. You can also call Kim Valentine, Mt. Hood National Forest East Side Zone FMO, at (541) 467-5157.

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